SAN DIEGO – Eric Carbajal and San Gleadle continued their impressive start to 2014, helping Real Salt Lake U-18 defeat Nomads SC U-18, 3-2, in a chippy affair that saw a combined seven yellow cards and three red cards shown between the two Southwest Division foes.
Gleadle found the back of the net on either side of the half giving him seven goals in four matches, while Carbajal extended his team-high in goals to nine scoring his fifth goal in four matches. RSL U-18 has now won all four matches played in 2014 and is undefeated in five matches.
Carbajal and Gleadle connected on the opening goal minutes into the first half when Gleadle played to Carbajal, who took a touch and fired from close range. The Nomads goalkeeper saved the shot, which then bounced back and hit Carbajal before being redirected into the back of the net.
Nomads settled down after the early deficit and equalized the match in the 19th-minute when RSL ‘keeper Luis Barraza came off his line to save a shot. The ball bounced out to an unmarked Nomads forward, who buried the shot into the right-side netting from outside the box.
Five minutes later Carbajal returned the favor to Gleadle when he played a ball over the top to empty space. Gleadle ran up, out-muscled a Nomads defender before he cut to his right and finished far post. He recorded his brace in the 53rd-minute when Te Wihongi switched RSL’s attack from the right to the left. Moises Rodriguez collected the cross, looked up and curled a ball to the back post where an unmarked Gleadle waited.
Nomads cut RSL’s lead less than ten minutes later when they finished a cross-and-header.
Nomads had one final threat in the 80th-minute when a ball was played into the box from the RW. Barraza punched out the threat and preserved RSL’s win.
Tempers reached a boiling point moments into the second half when a foul was called against RSL around midfield. RSL CB Erik Holt and Nomads midfielder Edward Benito got tangled up, which resulted in a straight red shown to each player. Second-half substitute Matthias Binder was sent off after being shown two yellow cards.
-Real Salt Lake Academy Match Report-
Match:Real Salt Lake U-18 vs. Nomads SC U-18
Date: February 23, 2014
Venue: Kinsell Field
Kickoff: 1:00 PM MT
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
Real Salt Lake U-18 2 1 3
Nomads SC U-18 1 1 2
RSL – Eric Carbajal – 3rd minute
NOMADS – Eric Carbajal – 19th minute
RSL – Sam Gleadle (assist: Eric Carbajal) – 24th minute
RSL – Sam Gleadle (assist: Moises Rodriguez) – 52nd minute
NOMADS – 61st minute
Real Salt Lake: Luis Barraza, Te Wihongi (Grant Livingston – 67), Justen Glad, Erik Holt, Moises Rodriguez, Jack Gayton, Jose Hernandez (Matthias Binder – 75), Damian German, Corey Baird, Sam Gleadle (Gui Leme – 71), Eric Carbajal (Pato Yrizar – 75)